Aquatics

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THE LODGE SWIM ACADEMY 


OUR MISSION


To effectively teach infants, children and adults how to swim in a safe and fun environment. 

THE SWIM PROGRAM


The Lodge Swim Academy is the premier swim lesson program for your child!   It is comprised of eight levels that begin with a parent-child level, and skills are based on a progressive approach as they are learned and refined. Classes are for all ages and abilities. Our goal is to provide a quality program where participants can continually build on skills and technique to become lifelong swimmers. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among young children aged 1 to 4 years, who are at greatest risk of drowning. Choosing the right swim lesson program is the most important step in your child’s knowledge of water safety. 
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INSTRUCTORS


The Lodge Swim Academy instructors are well trained and knowledgeable in the area of swimming. All instructors have prior experience and are passionate about water safety and teaching participants of all ages the importance of swimming skills and techniques. 

WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?


Review the lesson chart below to find out which class is right for your child.  Visit our registration page for details on each class. For questions regarding enrollment, age restrictions and other swim lesson information, please contact Recreation Manager Amy Boyd at 314.835.6162 or by email at amyboyd@desperesmo.org

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes prior to class starting to allow time for getting changed.
Children who are diaper dependent are required to wear swim diapers (cloth and disposable diapers are prohibited).
If your child is sick, your child should stay home to prevent the spread of the illness.
Children under the age of 3 must be accompanied in the water by an adult before, after and during their lesson.
We do not provide individual make-up lessons for any missed group swim lesson.  
There is a Deck Supervisor at your child’s lesson to answer questions about your child’s progress.

Please note:

Fees are calculated per session and will not be pro-rated. Make-up classes/course credits for missed classes are not offered for Group Swim Lessons. 

LEVEL 1:  SHARKS AND MINNOWS


This 8-class session is the beginning of The Lodge Swim Academy where the child and parent participate together. Participants will sing songs and play games while being acclimated to the water. Introductory skills include front float, back float, flutter kicking on front and back, breath control and water safety all with a parent in the water. Remember that any person who wears a diaper must wear a swim diaper.  The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:10.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 9 months - 2.5 years
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 5 - 5:30 p.m. 


#1803  September 12 - October 5
#2099  October 10 - November 2
#2100  November 7 – November 30

Friday, 10 - 10:30 a.m.


#1805 August 26 - October 14
#2102  October 21 - December 16 (no class 11/25)

Saturday, 8:30 - 9 a.m.


#1809  August 27 - October 15
#2105  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

Saturday, 10:30 - 11 a.m.


#1810  August 27 - October 15
#2106  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 2: SHRIMP


This 8-class session is perfect for the beginning toddler and covers basic water safety and elementary aquatic skills learned in order to continue the development of good attitudes, good swimming habits and safe aquatic practices. The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:5.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 2.5 - 5 years
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 5 - 5:30 p.m. 

 
#1813  September 12 - October 5
#2093  October 10 - November 2
#2094  November 7  – November 30

Friday, 10 - 10:30 a.m.


#1876  August 26 - October 14
#2095  October 21 - December 16 (no class 11/25)

Friday, 10:30 - 11 a.m.


#1878  August 26 - October 14
#2096  October 21 - December 16 (no class 11/25)

Saturday, 8:30 - 9 a.m.


#1881  August 27 - October 15
#2097  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

Saturday, 10:30 - 11 a.m.


#1882 August 27 - October 15
#2098  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 3:  GUPPY


This 8-class session builds on knowledge previously learned from the Level 2 Shrimp class.  Some of the skills include front float, back float, flutter kicking on front and back, breath control and water safety.  The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:5.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 4 - 17
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.


#1885 September 12 - October 5
#2088  October 10 - November 2
#2089  November 7 – November 30

Friday, 11 - 11:45 a.m.


#1887 August 26 - October 14
#2090 October 21 - December 16 (no class 11/25)

Saturday, 9 - 9:45 a.m.

#1889 August 27 - October 15
#2092  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 4:  STARFISH


This 8-class session progresses swimmers toward swimming independently and introduces front crawl, back crawl and deeper water adjustment. We begin the development of independent locomotion.  The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:6. 
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 5 - 17
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. 


#1892 September 12 - October 5
#2084  October 10 - November 2
#2085  November 7 – November 30

Friday, 11 - 11:45 a.m.


#1911 August 26 - October 14
#2086  October 21 - December 16 (no class 11/25)

Saturday, 9 - 9:45 a.m.


#1913 August 27 - October 15
#2087  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 5:  GOLDFISH


This 8-class session teaches swimmers to practice more advanced skills, as well as begin to develop stroke technique. Skills covered include freestyle with rhythmic breathing, backstroke, treading water and an introduction to breaststroke and diving. Swimmers also begin to work on endurance. The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:6.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 5 - 17
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 6:15 - 7 p.m. 


#1916 September 12 - October 5
#2081  October 10 - November 2
#2082  November 7 – November 30

Saturday, 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.


#1919 August 27 - October 15
#2083  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 6:  STINGRAY


This 8-class session emphasizes increasing endurance and more advanced locomotion. Students concentrate on refining freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, while working up to swimming 15 to 25 yards. Butterfly and sidestroke are introduced. The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:7.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 5 - 17
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 6:15 - 7 p.m. 


#1931 September 12 - October 5
#2078  October 10 - November 2
#2079  November 7 - November 30

Saturday, 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.


#1933 August 27 - October 15
#2080  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 7:  TIGER SHARK


This 8-class session focuses on refining stroke technique. Endurance and fitness are emphasized while introducing competitive skills such as flip turns, and the ability to swim breast stroke, freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke for 25 to 50 yards. The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:7.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 5 - 17
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 5:45 - 6:30p.m. 

#1936 September 12 - October 5 #2075  October 10 - November 2 #2076  November 7 – November 30


Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

#1938 August 27 - October 15
#2077 October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

LEVEL 8:  DOLPHIN


This 8-class session focuses on complete stroke and skill proficiency for all skills previously learned. Swimmers will learn the proper use of equipment such as pull buoys, fins, and pace clocks.  Swimmers also build on competitive skills and endurance training to swim 50 to 100 yards. This level prepares swimmers to move on to our Waves & Crests Program. The maximum ratio of instructor to participants is 1:7.
Cost: $72/Member & Resident; $86/Non-Resident
Ages: 5 - 17
Instructor: Lodge Aquatic Staff
Location: The Lodge Indoor Pool

Monday AND Wednesday, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. 


#1941 September 12 - October 5
#2072  October 10 - November 2
#2073  November 7 – November 30

Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.


#1943 August 27 - October 15
#2074  October 22 – December 17 (no class 11/26)

WAVES & CRESTS – COMPETITIVE SWIMMING SKILLS 


Click here for details on our Waves & Crests program!
Swimming Lessons Flow Chart